Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Minimally Invasive Surgery
 

During minimally invasive surgery, doctors make tiny incision and work with smaller instruments. This allows the child to recuperate faster and with less pain. Here at Children's Hospital, our surgeons have extensive experience and training to perform minimally invasive surgery for children.

Depending on the type of surgery, there are several surgical methods that may be performed, including the following:

Robot-assisted surgery enables surgeons to work through tiny incisions with enhanced vision and control. Like other minimally invasive techniques, the benefits of robot-assisted surgery may include decreased pain, less blood loss, and reduced chance of infection.

Laparoscopy is a procedure that uses a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to examine organs, check for abnormalities, or perform minimally invasive surgeries. It avoids making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for examination and testing.

Endoscopy is a procedure that uses a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) to examine the inside of the digestive tract. Tissue samples may also be taken for examination and testing.

Arthroscopy includes the use an endoscope so that surgeons can look at the interior of a joint. This technique is most often used to inspect and surgically correct a knee joint.

Bronchoscopy is the examination of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs) using a flexible tube (bronchoscope). Bronchoscopy helps to evaluate and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, obtain samples of tissue and/or fluid, and/or help remove a foreign body.

Cystoscopy involves examining the inside of the urethra and bladder cavity with an endoscope.

Gastroscopy is the examination of the lining of the stomach with an endoscope.

Laryngoscopy is the inspection of the larynx (voice box) with an endoscope.

Sigmoidoscopy involves inspecting the rectum and sigmoid colon with an endoscope.


Last Edited: June 14, 2016
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